How to Shave With a Dull Razor Blade

by Eric Mohrman

There's no better way to shave than with a fresh, sharp, brand-new razor blade. But what happens if you get stuck with a dull razor blade? There is one secret to shaving that every post-pubescent man and woman should know if in this predicament. This method of shaving will avoid cuts, skin irritation, and make the blade glide like new.

Items you will need

  • Washcloth
  • Razor blade
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Shaving cream
  • Aftershave
Step 1

Wash the areas of skin you'll be shaving. This loosens the skin and helps prevent infection in case of cuts.

Step 2

Use an exfoliating cream if you're prone to skin irritation. Also, if you're a man with sensitive skin and will be shaving at least a few days' worth of facial hair, soak a washcloth in warm water and press it to your beard and mustache for about half a minute.

Step 3

Apply a thin layer of any skin moisturizing cream to the areas of skin you'll be shaving. This is the secret step. Dab the moisturizer on, but don't rub it in.

Step 4

Apply your shaving cream, lotion, or gel directly over the layer of moisturizer.

Step 5

Shave as usual, and enjoy the dull razor blade's smooth, effective glide.


  • Remember, men: Shave downward on your face and upward on your neck. Use a vitamin- and aloe-enriched aftershave lotion. Check the resources area for basic information on how to shave.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Eric Mohrman has been a freelance writer since 2007, focusing on travel, food and lifestyle stories. His creative writing is also widely published. He lives in Orlando, Florida.